An evidentiary hearing has been postponed until Sept. 15 to determine whether convicted murderer George Wesley Hamilton should receive another trial.
The hearing originally was set for July 19, but was changed during a pre-hearing conference Monday because of scheduling conflicts and additional time needed by attorneys to prepare memoranda. The hearing was held before 4th District Judge George E. Ballif, who presided over Hamilton's trial.Hamilton, convicted last August in the Aug. 1, 1985, mutilation murder of 19-year-old Sharon Sant of Fillmore, is serving five years to life in the Utah State Prison. His trial was moved from Millard County to Utah County following a change of venue request by defense attorneys.
The Utah Supreme Court last month ordered Ballif to determine whether Hamilton deserves a new trial because of alleged jury misconduct.
Motions for a new trial followed allegations in December that a juror brought a newspaper clipping about the trial into the jury room. The clipping, however, reportedly was not shown to other jurors. During Hamilton's trial, Ballif repeatedly warned jurors not to read newspaper stories or watch television reports about the trial.